Dancer in the City

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Anna Runefelt

The great cold seems to be fading and Saturday seemed like the best day to visit Swedish photographer Anna Runefelt‘s works at Palazzo de Piro Cultural Centre in Mdina.

A restored nobleman’s palace which encompasses the Mdina Cathedral Museum, Palazzo de Piro Cultural Centre is a beautiful setting for works of art. Quite disappointingly though, Runefelt’s works are hanging at the coffee shop, where tables and chairs don’t really ease the viewing, especially when all the tables are occupied.

Much as described by Elizabeth Perrotte (Christie’s Education – London), Runefelt’s works project an unequivocal sense of beauty through the contexts, contents and textures in which they speak. The spontaneous project features a professional dancer from The Royal Ballet London within the stage-like context of derelict houses in Valletta – and that’s indeed ironic.

In the set presented at Palazzo de Piro, Runefelt plays with colour and form and very elegantly creates and captures intimate moments of the lonely dancer. Detail is, as in any recipe for great photography, all over this set. Composition, make up, hair styling, fabrics and costumes are taken to top heights and it seems clear that Runefelt’s relocation to colorful Malta in 2011 has been another boost to her creativity.

Anna Runefelt’s exhibition is available to view from Monday to Sunday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and all works are on sale.

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  • Luca Cauchi

    these are some really great figurative photographs. very poetic!